Thomas Slattery

Thomas 'The Duke' Slattery

Thursday, December 26th, 1957 Sunday, January 20th, 2019

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Obituary for Thomas 'The Duke' Slattery

Thomas C. 'The Duke' Slattery, 61, of Country Lane, Ulster Park, a lifelong resident of Esopus, passed away suddenly on Sunday, January 20th, 2019 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center.

He was born in Kingston, NY on December 26th, 1957, a son of the late Henry and Louise (VanGaasbeck) Slattery.

A graduate of Kingston High School class of 1976, Tom grew up and lived in Connelly for over 40 years and then moved to Ulster Park.

In his younger years Tom was very active and talented in sports. He played Babe Ruth and high school baseball and later on played hockey at both Hurley and Poughkeepsie Rec. Centers. He also played and sponsored local sports, including the Town of Esopus Sunday Morning Softball League, Kingston Softball, Bowling and Volleyball.

Tom formerly served as commissioner for the South Rondout Fire District, and Assistant Chief and volunteer firefighter for Hasbrouck Engine Co #1 in Connelly. He also served on the Town of Esopus Water Dept board.

Tom started his work career doing odd jobs as a kid and then onto Colonial Roofing and Micronetics, until starting his own company, Omura & Slattery Contracting, Inc. in 1980, which was very successful for many years. Tom dedicated his life to working 24/7 whenever he could. He also ventured owning and operating a sand pit/quarry, known as 'Duke's Pit', named after his all American Hero "John Wayne".

His most prized and loved possessions were his cars, known as: The Kingston Car Collection, in which he owned over 23 different muscle cars (superbirds, Vipers, Cuda's, gassers and too many others to name).

Tom was known to have THE BEST CAR SHOW ever in the Hudson Valley. Car enthusiasts would come from all over to experience the Friday Night Sunset Cruise and enjoy the 50/60's music era, which was known for 'the girls' giving out free coffee and popcorn. Tom was also known for honoring our veterans every year by giving a special 'thank you' event for he truly appreciated their service so that we could have our freedom.

Tom is survived by the love of his life of over 43 years, Susan (Bechtold) Slattery, one sister, Irene (Rob) Pererra of Kingston, and one brother, Henry "Butch" (Brenda) Slattery Jr. of Kingston. An uncle and several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

He is predeceased by one sister, Patricia Singh.

The Slattery family will receive friends at The Gilpatric-VanVliet Funeral Home, 339 Broadway, Ulster Park on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, January 24th, 2019 at the funeral home, Pastor Michael Hanley will officiate. Burial in the family plot will follow at Wiltwyck Cemetery, Kingston.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Tom's memory to: Joyce-Schirick VFW Post 1386, PO Box 1711, Kingston, NY 12401

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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Gilpatric-VanVliet Funeral Home
    339 Broadway
    Ulster Park, NY
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    Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019
    4:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, January 24th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Gilpatric-VanVliet Funeral Home
    339 Broadway
    Ulster Park, NY
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    Thursday, January 24th, 2019
    Pastor Hanley
  • Interment

    Thursday, January 24th, 2019 |
    Wiltwyck Rural Cemetery
    145 Pine Grove Ave
    Kingston, NY
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    Thursday, January 24th, 2019

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Al Abrams

To Susan, and the Slattery family.
Our condolences for your loss, but it is a great loss for "ALL" the people that he touched. He had a mission to share with people, and he did it tremendously. We are so proud to have known and worked with him. His appreciation for Vetern's, his love of the car culture. We know he will be missed but will be in our memories.
Sincerly, Anne & Al Abrams
Comment | Posted at 09:01am via Condolence

Sharon Allen

Our deepest condolences to the family. May our Heavenly Father hear the prayers of your heart and comfort you during this difficult time. 2 Corinthians 1:2-4. Our loving thoughts and prayers. Resting peacefully. Tommy will be missed.
Comment | Posted at 12:36pm via Condolence

Charlie Dunn

Tommy, you will be sorely missed. You were a shining example to our little town that with ambition and hard work there was nothing that could not be accomplished. I'll always remember you teaching me to play and dragging to hockey at the hurley rec center. Can't count how many people you made a difference to and mentored. In a world with so many that focus on what can't be done, your example of what CAN be done was a beacon. RIP my friend.
Comment | Posted at 11:52am via Condolence

Scott VanGaasbeck

Sue so sorry for you loss ! Tom was a great guy would do anything for anyone ! My dad work with him for a few yrs and loved him like a son ! Tom took real good care of my dad ! RIP Tom
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The Empire Network Team

Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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